Mandalaband - Mandalaband II - The Eye of Wendor: Prophecies CD (album) cover




Symphonic Prog

3.30 | 35 ratings

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3 stars An album with some merits, but...

Continuing a similar overblown classical sound as on the debut album, producer/composer David Rohl completely retooled the band and brought in an army of musicians for the follow up. The second album featured, among others, all of the original members of 10CC, the current members of Barclay James Harvest, Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues, and Steeleye Span's Maddy Prior.

The result is, understandably schizophrenic. There is a good amount of symphonic rock, although at many times the orchestral arrangements sound like Mantovani, where true emotion is replaced with heavy pounding on piano keys. The better portions are the tracks that more closely resemble the lighter, slightly folky sound of the Moodies and BJH. 10CC members add to the lushness of the vocals. Eric Stewart, Graham Gouldman and Kevin Godley all have standoutmoments, while Lol Crème is left in the background. Maddy Prior's single track, Like The Wind is a fine showcase for her excellent voice.

So this album is a bit uneven, but it is also a slight step up from the debut.

Evolver | 3/5 |


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